Bought this knife several years ago for the purpose of carving and as a general purpose knife. It stays very sharp, very durable with the lock back design. I bought this knife because I wanted an inexpensive (relatively) knife that I didn't mind "banging up" by doing work with it. My only two issues with the knife was the thumb stud keeps on moving (it adjustable, you can move it closer or further from the tip of the blade) when I don't want it to. The other issues was that after gripping the knife for a while carving, my hand started to hurt because of the pocket clip. However, this can be remedied by removing the pocket clip. Removing the clip is easy, and you can get from SOG a replacement clip too! Overall a great knife. Love it. You should get one too!